2015

December 28, 2015

Effective January 1, 2016, a maximum of 12 weeks of state Reemployment Assistance benefits will be available to new claimants per section 443.111(5), Florida Statutes.

For new Reemployment Assistance claims filed on or after January 1, 2016, the maximum number of benefit weeks will be 12 weeks, per section 443.111(5), Florida Statutes. The change in benefit weeks is only for new claims filed on or after January 1, 2016, and the maximum weekly benefit amount is and will remain $275.

2014

December 31, 2014

Effective January 1, 2015, a maximum of 14 weeks of state Reemployment Assistance benefits will be available to new claimants per section 443.111(5), Florida Statutes.

For new Reemployment Assistance claims filed on or after January 1, 2015, the maximum number of benefit weeks will be 14 weeks, per section 443.111(5), Florida Statutes. The change in benefit weeks is only for new claims filed on or after January 1, 2015, and the maximum weekly benefit amount is and will remain $275



July 25, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, completion of the Initial Skills Review (ISR) is voluntary and no longer required for Reemployment Assistance eligibility.

During the 2014 Legislative Session, the provisions of law relating to the ISR were amended to repeal the definition of the ISR and the requirement that it must be completed as a condition of reporting on one’s claim.
 
While the ISR is no longer a requirement, claimants may still complete a skills assessment on a voluntary basis.  The assessment serves to identify an individual’s skills, abilities, and career aptitude.

For claim weeks ending after July 1, 2014, claimants are no longer required to complete the ISR prior to completing their continued claim.
  
All individuals requesting benefit payments for weeks of unemployment ending on or before June 28, 2014 are required by s. 443.091(1)(c), F.S., to complete the Initial Skills Review before their first request for benefit payments, unless they are exempted by law from this requirement.  The exemptions include, but are not limited to, individuals who are illiterate, physically or mentally impaired, or legally prohibited from using a computer or have a language impediment.  The term ‘illiterate’ encompasses those individuals who do not know how to use a computer as well as those individuals who are unable to read or write.

INDIVIDUALS NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE INITIAL SKILLS REVIEW:

  • Individuals filing new claims for benefits on June 29, 2014 or later.
  • Individuals who filed a new claim prior to June 29, 2014 but have not claimed and will not claim any weeks prior to the week ending July 5, 2014.

Individuals are encouraged to voluntarily complete the skills assessment.  By completing the assessment, local CareerSource centers may be better able to evaluate reemployment services and training opportunities available to individuals, which may improve their opportunities for a new job.

Background
 
In 2011, the Florida Legislature enacted a provision in s. 443.091(1), F.S., which required a claimant, unless exempted by law, to complete an Initial Skills Review as a requirement of making a continued claim for benefits. The ISR was never intended to create a barrier for those seeking reemployment assistance benefits. It is simply a way to determine the skill sets a job seeker currently possess and identify areas where additional training may be beneficial to reemployment.
 
The initial skills review (ISR) is provided by Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (WIN) for Florida Ready to Work certification as provided in s. 445.06(1), F.S.  The skills review is available in English, Spanish, and Creole. There are exemptions for people who have a language barrier or a disability that prevents them from completing the online review. 
 


 

May 30, 2014

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Update 

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available to one additional Florida county included in the federal declaration for Individual Assistance – Jackson.

To file a DUA claim, call 1-800-681-8102. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/news-feed/2014/05/13/update-two-additional-counties-approved-for-federal-disaster-unemployment-assistance

http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/news-feed/2014/05/09/disaster-unemployment-assistance-available-to-escambia-and-santa-rosa-counties

 


 

May 19, 2014

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Update

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available to four Florida counties included in the federal declaration for Individual Assistance – Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton.

To file a DUA claim, call 1-800-681-8102. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/news-feed/2014/05/13/update-two-additional-counties-approved-for-federal-disaster-unemployment-assistance 

http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/news-feed/2014/05/09/disaster-unemployment-assistance-available-to-escambia-and-santa-rosa-counties 

  

January 16, 2014

IMPORTANT: The 1099-G tax forms, “Certain Government Payments,” for calendar year 2013 will be made available by January 31, 2014. Please be advised if your 2013 1099-G is not currently available, it will be distributed by January 31, 2014.

 

2013

December 20, 2013

Duration of Benefits for all new claims filed in 2014 - For all new claims effective January 1,  through December 31, 2014, the duration of benefits will be 16 weeks, which is adjusted from the current maximum of 19 weeks.  This is based upon the seasonally adjusted average total unemployment rate in Florida for the three months ending September 30 of the year prior to the filing date of the claim as required by section 443.111(5), Florida Statutes. 

The maximum weekly benefit amount (WBA) remains at $275.

The Department of Economic Opportunity’s Labor Market Statistics Program determined that the average unemployment rate in Florida during the quarter ending September 30, 2013 was 7.0 percent.  Because of this determination, the maximum available credits for claims established in 2014 are lowered from $5,225 to $4,400 ($275 Max WBA X 16 weeks).

The calculation of an individual’s monetary entitlement remains the same.  The weekly benefit amount is equal to one twenty-sixth of the high quarter wages but cannot exceed $275 and the available credits are 25 percent of the total base period wages but cannot exceed $4,400.

 


 

December 13, 2013

IMPORTANT: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Is Ending

The last week to receive Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits is the week ending December 28, 2013.

Pursuant to Federal Law, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program is scheduled to end nationwide January 1, 2014. No new EUC claims can be accepted after the week beginning December 22, 2013. The last week an individual can receive EUC benefits under any tier is the week ending December 28, 2013.

There is no “phase-out” period for EUC and all EUC payments will cease with the payment of the week ending December 28, 2013 regardless of any benefits remaining in the account of any individual claim.

The EUC program is 100 percent federally funded. Available since July 2008, EUC provides a temporary extension of benefits to individuals who have exhausted regular state benefits. If the federal government extends the program beyond week ending December 28, 2013, information will be posted to our website and all potentially eligible individuals will be notified. For more information, please visit www.floridajobs.orgwww.dol.gov or call the Florida Reemployment Assistance Contact Center at 1-800-204-2418.


December 6, 2013

Florida Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program Tier 3 (III) is Ending 

By federal law, the Department of Economic Opportunity is authorized to pay Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier III benefits only for as long as Florida remains triggered “on” an EUC Tier III period. The availability of EUC Tier III benefits to a state is determined by the state’s average total unemployment rate.

We have been advised by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) that based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on November 22, 2013, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate for Florida fell below the 7.0 percent trigger threshold required to remain "on" EUC Tier III. 

As a result, new entitlement to EUC Tier III cannot be established unless an individual has exhausted all EUC Tier II benefits prior to the week ending December 14, 2013. Individuals receiving EUC Tier II benefits for any week after the week ending December 7, 2013 will not be able to receive Tier III benefits.  Individuals currently receiving EUC Tier III will be entitled to further EUC benefits after the week ending December 14, 2013.

All benefit payments under the EUC program are currently scheduled to end on December 28, 2013, regardless of any benefits remaining in an individual’s account at that time. For more information about these benefits, please visit www.floridajobs.org or call DEO’s Reemployment Assistance Contact Center hotline at (800) 204-2418.


September 23, 2013

PERIOD OF SEQUESTRATION REDUCTIONS TO EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION TIER III ENTITLEMENT RECENTLY EXTENDED

In the coming weeks, Floridians receiving, or eligible to receive, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier III benefits will be affected by federally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration.

As a result of sequestration, the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring a reduction of EUC payments between May 26, 2013 and October 19, 2013. In order to comply with this federal mandate, Florida is required to reduce benefits for any EUC Tier III claim established for any week prior to October 19, 2013 by four weeks.

  • Individuals who have not yet established entitlement to EUC Tier III benefits but do so for any week prior to October 20, 2013 will be mailed a determination of entitlement reflecting the amount of EUC Tier III benefits payable that is  equal to  three weeks or 15.79 percent of their regular state claim entitlement, whichever is less.
  • Individuals who have not yet established entitlement to EUC Tier III benefits but who do so beginning on or after October 20, 2013, will be mailed a determination of EUC Tier III entitlement reflecting the amount of the benefits payable equal to seven weeks or 35 percent of their regular state claim entitlement, whichever is less.

Please note that the EUC program, which is provided through federal law, will end with the week ending December 28, 2013.  No EUC benefits will be paid for any week after December 28, 2013, regardless of any benefits that may be remaining on your claim.

Since December 2010, Florida has made great economic strides resulting in fewer families relying on EUC TIER III benefits as the unemployment rate continues to fall.  Nonetheless, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) realizes that the federal government’s mandate will negatively affect some Florida families who are still struggling to recover from the recession.  Unless there is additional or different direction from the federal government, DEO is required to make this change.

 


 

June 27, 2013

OVERVIEW OF REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM LAW CHANGES EFFECTIVE MAY 17, 2013

New state legislation enacted into law contains provisions relating to the Reemployment Assistance Program.  House Bill 7007 (Chapter 2013-39, Laws of Florida) became effective May 17, 2013 and amends the Reemployment Assistance Program Law (Chapter 443, Florida Statutes) in the following manner.

The definition of misconduct was updated to provide that misconduct includes but is not limited to:  

  • Willful damage to an employer’s property that results in damage of more than $50.
  • Theft of the employer’s property or property of a customer or invitee of the employer.
  • Committing criminal assault or battery on another employee, or on a customer or invitee of the employer.
  • Committing abuse or neglect of a patient, resident, disabled person, elderly person, or child in the claimant’s professional care.

 In addition, an individual can be disqualified when the department finds the claimant’s unemployment is due to a discharge from employment for failure without good cause to maintain a license, registration, or certification required by applicable law necessary for the employee to perform the assigned job duties. “Good cause” includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Failure of the employer to submit information required for a license, registration, or certification.
  • Short-term physical injury which prevents the claimant from completing or taking a required test.
  • The inability to take or complete a required test that is outside the claimant’s control.

 The eligibility conditions for benefits also were updated.

  • Claimants must complete the department’s online work registration unless they are exempt.
  • Exemptions for completion of the online work registration are illiteracy, physically or mentally impaired or legally prohibited from using a computer.  Illiteracy includes individuals who do not know how to use a computer as well as those individuals who are unable to read or write effectively in English and Spanish.
  • A claimant’s proof of work search efforts may not include the same prospective employer at the same location in three consecutive weeks unless the employer has indicated since the time of the initial contact that the employer is hiring. 
  • Work search requirements do not apply to persons required to participate in reemployment services.

The law now requires the department to impose a penalty on fraud overpayments equal to 15 percent of the amount found to be overpaid.


May 10, 2013

EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION TIER III ENTITLEMENT REDUCED BY FEDERAL SEQUESTRATION

As of May 26, 2013, Floridians receiving, or eligible to receive, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier III benefits will be affected by federally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration.

As a result of sequestration, the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring a reduction of EUC payments between May 26 and September 28, 2013. In order to comply with this federal mandate, Florida is required to reduce the EUC remaining entitlement for all EUC Tier III claimants to three weeks or 15.79 percent of their regular state claim entitlement, whichever is less.     

  • Individuals who have already received at least three weeks or 15.79 percent of their regular state claim entitlement, whichever is less, of EUC Tier III by May 26, 2013, will not be entitled to additional benefits unless they qualify for a new regular claim or have eligibility in another state. 
  • Individuals currently claiming EUC Tier III benefits on or after the week ending June 1, 2013, will be mailed a recalculation of the initial EUC Tier III monetary determination. 
  • Individuals who have not yet established entitlement to EUC Tier III benefits but who do so between the week ending June 1, 2013, and the week ending September 28, 2013, will be mailed a determination of entitlement reflecting the amount of benefits payable through the week ending September 28, 2013.

Since December 2010, Florida has made great strides and fewer and fewer families need to rely on EUC Tier III benefits. Nonetheless, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) realizes that the federal government’s mandate will negatively affect some Florida families who are still struggling to recover from the recession. Absent further action at the federal level, however, DEO is required to make this change.


February 15, 2013

Full Work Registration Completion Required Prior To Claiming First Weeks for Reemployment Assistance Benefits


Effective Friday, February 15, 2013, all individuals filing reemployment assistance claims are required to complete the full work registration requirement prior to claiming their first weeks of benefits. Unless you require special assistance, you must complete the work registration requirement through the Employ Florida Marketplace(EFM) portal located at www.employflorida.com. prior to certifying for your first weeks.  

You may complete the full work registration requirement when filing your initial claim or when certifying for benefits. Completing the full work registration may assist in matching you with jobs, training and other services provided at One-Stop Career Centers.

Failure to complete the full work registration prior to claiming your first weeks may result in a delay or denial of benefits.

 


 

January 3, 2013

Important Information on the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, and Duration of Benefits law changes effective January 1, 2013

On January 2, 2013, federal legislation was signed into law extending for one year the eligibility dates for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). 

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) - The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extends the payment of EUC benefits to the week ending December 28, 2013.

Tier I: Unemployed workers currently receiving benefits from their regular state claims have until week ending December 14, 2013 to exhaust their state benefits and establish eligibility for EUC Tier I, which provides additional benefits of 54 percent of their state claims. Individuals will automatically be enrolled in the EUC program upon their exhaustion of their regular state benefits. 

Tiers II or III: Unemployed workers currently receiving benefits on EUC Tiers I or II, can now qualify for the next level of benefits if their current tier is exhausted by the week ending December 21, 2013. EUC Tier II provides 54 percent of an individual’s state claim and Tier III provides 35 percent of the state claim additional benefits.

Those who will exhaust EUC Tiers I or II by the week ending December 21, 2013 will be automatically enrolled in the next level of benefits and can continue certifying for the additional benefits during their regular claim reporting cycle. 

The Department of Economic Opportunity encourages individuals to check their claims online to determine if they have weeks available to claim.

Duration of Benefits for all new claims filed in 2013 - For all claims filed on or after January 1, 2013, the duration of benefits adjusts from the current maximum of 23 to 19 weeks.  This is based upon the seasonally adjustment average total unemployment rate in Florida for the three months ending September 30 of the prior year as required by section 443.111(5), Florida Statutes.

The maximum weekly benefit amount will remain at $275.

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